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Dr Matt Landos, East Ballina There is the real news and then there is the fake news. The radio news announced...

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Australia’s bastardry

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay Australia has a long string of racist and anti-humanitarian policies. These range from its...

The lunatics have taken over the asylum…

The Zombies of the Climate ApoCOALpse have today swarmed around Queensland's Parliament House this morning to highlight impending climate chaos.

‘Hollywood’ drug squads over the top

I guess we have to thank Hollywood for the enduring myth that a black-clad squad of elite 'blokes', preferably with cool helicopters, from the capital are needed to crack down on really serious crime in hick parts of the country like Mullumbimby.

Da mountain

Gisela Stieglitz, Wooyung There is a perfectly good bitumen road going up a rainforest gully; it doesn’t even have potholes!...

TGA obstructs prescription psilocybin, MDMA

Imagine that some crazy professors convince a bunch of participants at a five-day mindfulness retreat to agree to take part in an experiment where half of them are given magic mushrooms, and half of them a placebo.

Byron police assault trial could attract human rights law analysis

Northern Rivers policeman accused of youth assault to continue facing trial.

April 24, 2019

Issue 33.46

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Drowning in toys or just can’t afford them?

As any parent would know there is always a balance between getting your kids enough toys to play with so you don’t feel like an irresponsible parent and not drowning in them. But there is another way!


Interview with Georgia Martin, Director of SHIT

SHIT Drill Hall Theatre, Mullumbimby  |  10–25 May, Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm  |   $22/25 When someone is told repeatedly that they’re worthless, they come to believe it. That underpins the character dynamic in the new show at...


What we need is an ecological revolution

Does history repeat itself? Is it cyclic, or is it unidirectional? Certainly many aspects of history are repetitive – the rise and fall of empires, cycles of war and peace, cycles of construction and destruction.


Local Greens split over Byron bypass

Division continues within the local Greens membership, with the Byron Greens convener telling Echonetdaily that claims over the Byron bypass  by acting mayor Michael Lyon in Echonetdaily were incorrect.


Ewingsdale koala tree planting April 27

Bangalow Koalas is having another working bee to plant 1,325 koala and rainforest trees this weekend.


Period is not a dirty word or a curse

It’s a thing. It happens. To some it is a joyous rite of passage and to others, as its antiquated named suggests, it’s a curse.


Interview with Judy Shelley the Harmony Festival Co-ordinator

Byron Harmony Day Mullumbimby Civic Hall   |  Saturday  |  11am till 9pm This weekend celebrate our Shire’s multi-cultural stories with Harmony Day in Mullumbimby! Judy Shelley the Festival Co-ordinator spoke with the Echo. What is the philosophy behind Harmony Day?  The Australian government first...


Celebrating community roots, April 27

What is it that drew you to Byron Shire? Was it the alternative lifestyle that was created in the 60s and 70s that continues in many different manifestations?


Cinema Review: Everybody Knows

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnoBx999MZM Everybody Knows Iranian Asghar Farhadi is one of the most original and compelling writer/directors working today. A Separation (2011) and The Salesman (2016) – both Oscar winners – were so far above much of the dross that is churned out...


Arlian’s plastic film takes him to Asia summit

Byron Bay Public student Arlian Ecker, aka Plastic Free Boy, will take to the stage again, and this time he will be talking to mayors from around Asia and the Pacific in July as he brings them his message on plastic.


Culture in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning...

Women Like Us Dunoon Sports Club  |  Saturday 1 June  |  8pm  |  $35 Women Like Us, Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs’s smash hit show, was a hit at Adelaide Fringe Festival where they performed two sold-out shows and garnered two...


Editorial: Doesn’t Green mean inexperienced?

Former Greens mayor and NSW upper house MLC Jan Barham made life difficult for councillors and staff who had assembled in the Council chambers on Thursday.


Interview with Denise Scott

Brekkie with Scotty Byron Comedy Fest  |  Byron Surf Club  |  Sunday 19 May  |  10am  |  $55 With Mothers Day around the corner, here’s a great idea! Get Mum a ticket to have breakfast with Denise Scott the following Sunday!...


Cinema reviews: Destroyer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqHaLUoiWZU Is this really how the LAPD go about their business? A bank robbery is in progress. Six masked gunmen are holding the staff and customers in terror. Three coppers turn up, a couple with automatic rifles, and they storm...


Live music in the Byron Shire and beyond from April 24,...

The Badlands, Port Royal, & Chilli Gomez Hotel Great Northern | Byron | Friday May 3 | 9pm | Free entry The Badlands have returned in 2019 with a highly anticipated new single Ultraviolent due for release later in the year and produced...


Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Be the change

  ‘There’s no time for crying, we have work to do.’ These were the words sung by Mavis Staples – she’s 79 and she still believes in change. I wonder how as black woman pushing up against decades of oppression...


Byron nurture youth as they take on Bangalow in Anzac Cup...

Dogwhistle The Byron Bay Rams enjoyed a heartening return to form this week, thanks in no small part to the emergence of an exciting new generation of football talent. Backed by the skills and determination of club veterans, the youngsters including...


Local swimmers take on NSW’s finest

Adrian Filipic A mix of nerves, excitement, and expectation summed up the emotion for Ocean Shores Aquatics swimmers competing in state finals at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre before Easter. Swimming can be a little hit and miss, but as it...


Winter Whales on track for another Ocean Swim Classic

The Ocean Swim Classic is nearing a milestone of a $1 million in donations to community groups with over 200 early entries already lodged for the 2019 swim. ‘The usual last-minute rush is expected to push the final numbers up...


Girl groms get strong results

Crystal Cylinders Our local female junior surfers had podium finishes at the Billabong Oz Grom Cup held at Park Beach in Coffs Harbour in small playful waves last week Lehani Kaloh-Zoric (Byron Bay) was runner-up in the U/10s girls, while Lennox...


Cyclists gear up for final race of Shire Shootout

The Autumn Shire Shoot cycling series featuring riders from the Ballina and Byron Bay cycling clubs comes to a head this Sunday with a criterium in the Arts and Industry estate. Byron Bay Cycling Club members Marco Goldberg (29 points),...


Tillman wins the golf at Teven

Robert Tillman (the Winx of Teven) has triumphed at the Easter round at the Teven Golf Club. Second place was awarded to Steve Blackmore after a three-way count back, with Chris Gee being awarded third place. John Harbisher came fourth and...


Locura Cinco de Mayo

No cover charge, just come on in. On Sunday 5 May, Locura will play on its Latin American vibe and host what they call ‘the ultimate’ Cinco de Mayo Sunday session. Expect a taco bar, a chicken-wing bar, Mexican-inspired...


Peruvian feast at Barrio

Barrio Eatery & Bar have a monthly collaborative cooking event called Slinging Plates. They invite local restauranteurs, chefs, and sommeliers to create affordable dishes at fixed price points for the local community to enjoy.  Held on the last Tuesday of...


A smart choice – Froth Cafe

Story and photos: Carolyn Parker At a recent visit to Froth Café the pies were so inviting that my dining partner and I couldn’t resist ordering the same meal: topped with buttery pastry, with a satisfying chicken filling, and awash...


Monkey see

Daniel Brown, Byron Bay Back in my early youth growing up in Mt Eliza Victoria in the ‘90s I’d secretly look up to and admire...

Australia’s bastardry

Gareth W R Smith, Byron Bay Australia has a long string of racist and anti-humanitarian policies. These range from its treatment of Aboriginal people, complicity...

Mt Warning ban

Chris Gee, Byron Bay Indigenous readers be advised that the following letter contains references to persons deceased. I read with some interest and also, I am...

‘The Great Reset’

Gary Opit, Wooyung I appreciated the letter by Lucas Wright (17 February) on the Great Reset conspiracy fantasy. With our privileged, western, simplistic understanding of...